Sur­vey shows faces of abuse

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

RE­SULTS have been re­leased from a data­gath­er­ing ini­tia­tive held in the North Bur­nett in March, with sur­pris­ing re­sults.

A to­tal of 60 peo­ple were sur­veyed by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Save the Chil­dren as part of a larger project en­com­pass­ing six sites through­out Aus­tralia.

The sur­vey asked res­i­dents to share their ex­pe­ri­ences (or lack thereof) of phys­i­cal abuse, ver­bal abuse, sex­ual abuse and a few lesser-known cat­e­gories of harm such as fi­nan­cial and re­pro­duc­tive abuse.

In the re­sults, it was shown that ex­pe­ri­ence with phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse num­bered quite high among un­der 25-year-old re­spon­dents, show­ing 78% for the former, and 56% for the lat­ter.

Re­pro­duc­tive abuse, prop­erty dam­age and spir­i­tual abuse ranked high­est among 26-40 year olds, the largest age de­mo­graphic in the sur­vey.

The form of abuse most preva­lent among the sur­veyed was ver­bal abuse, which 66.6% of re­spon­dents said they had ex­pe­ri­enced, with half of those be­ing within the past 12 months.

An­other in­ter­est­ing re­sponse to the sur­vey was from the fi­nal ques­tion, ask­ing re­spon­dents if they re­quired fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or sup­port.

More than 90% an­swered that they didn’t need any, with the re­main­ing 10% be­ing a split be­tween need­ing emo­tional sup­port, in­for­ma­tion, spe­cial­ist re­fer­ral and prac­ti­cal sup­port.

Save the Chil­dren project man­ager Kylie Robert­son said one of the big is­sues in the North Bur­nett specif­i­cally was that all ex­ist­ing data was based on po­lice re­ports.

Po­lice statis­tics do not clas­sify call-outs as be­ing do­mes­tic or fam­ily vi­o­lence re­lated un­less they specif­i­cally re­late to a breach of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pro­tec­tion or­der.

In the North Bur­nett, there has been a to­tal of 23 such in­ci­dents re­ported in the past 12 months.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­SULTS: Abuse takes many forms, in­clud­ing non-phys­i­cal.

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